How Dunstable changed the world

Jean Yates returns after a full house last year for her Bedfordshire’s Secret War Talk. During WWII the Met Office was in Dunstable and it was those Meteorologists who had to persuade Eisenhower that D-Day had to be postponed for 24 hours. A fascinating true story.

Talks are approx. 1 hour long, with time for questions. 

As there is a cost involved in putting on the Learning Lunchtime talks, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated. Parking charges also apply. Friends of the Forest get free parking all year round* at the Forest Centre - click here for more information

Image from Dunstable Today

About the speaker

Jean Yates is a local author, researcher, expert and historian – this is her bio from her own website (she says it best!):

“The lasting legacy for the area was to research and publish a book about the town’s contribution to WWII, the stories of those who lived and worked there during this period and those who called Dunstable and the surrounding area home but spent the war away in the service of their country. The stories collected began to paint a picture of the secret war that was going on in Bedfordshire…In 2010 I asked the historians and archaeologist of Dunstable if they would be interested in researching Medieval Dunstable, and another Lottery bid was put together. In 2013 the results of three years research by a hard working group have given us audio guides for the ‘Hidden Priory’, new guided walks, a medieval exhibition in Priory House, a DVD and a book; ‘Medieval Dunstable, its Monasteries, Manors, Markets and Melees’.”


If you're interested in the Millennium Country Park, we run guided nature walks throughout the year, which are a great opportunity to see it from another angle, and learn something new. Click here to view our upcoming events, and select 'Guided Walks' at the top to narrow it down!

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